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NATION/WORLD

Taliban defends aiortin Kandahar

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Anti-Taliban
fighters battled for control of Kandahar's airport
yesterday as American bombers pounded suspected
hide-outs of Osama bin Laden in the rugged White
Mountains near the border with Pakistan.
Fighters loyal to former Kandahar governor Gul
Agha said they fought their way into the airport
compound, but were pushed back by Taliban
defenders, according to Agha's brother, Bismillah.
Kandahar is the Taliban's last major stronghold.
Agha's forces have been advancing on the city from
the south, while troops loyal to former deputy for-
eign minister Hamid Karzai have been closing in
from the north.
U.S. Marines camped out about 70 miles south-
west of Kandahar have not joined the fight since
helicopter gunships attacked a Taliban convoy a

week ago.
However, a Marine spokesman said three war-
ship-based Harrier jets bombed another site in
southern Afghanistan after being called in by a for-
ward observer. It was unclear if the Harrier strike
was linked to the fight for Kandahar.
Capt. David Romley said he did not have details
of the target. He said the strike was called by some-
one other than the U.S. Marines, who turned a
desert airfield into a base over a week ago.
Elsewhere, American bombers pounded the
rugged area south of the city of Jalalabad near Tora
Bora, the eastern cave complex in the White Moun-
tains that, along with Kandahar, has become a
focus of the hunt for bin Laden.
Also in Jalalabad late yesterday, four huge explo-
sions could be heard from the direction of Farmada

Farm, a former bin Laden stronghold seized by
anti-Taliban Afghans last month.
President Bush launched military operations
against Afghanistan on Oct. 7 after the Taliban
refused to hand over bin Laden for his alleged role
in the Sept. I1 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Anti-Taliban officials in Jalalabad have said
some U.S. bombs have fallen on wrong areas,
killing civilians and opposition fighters.
A provincial security chief Mohammed Zeman
said yesterday that U.S. warplanes bombed a guest-
house in Agom village, 15 miles south of Jalalabad,
on Sunday evening. He said seven of his fighters
and five civilians were killed.
U.S. officials insist they are targeting Taliban and
al-Qaida installations and accused the groups of
endangering civilians by hiding among them.

NEWS IN BRIEF t
WASHINGTON:
Terrorism warning issued for holidays
President Bush urged Americans yesterday to return to a high state of alert for
holiday season terrorist strikes after U.S. intelligence officials reported an
increase in credible threats.
Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge, standing in for Bush to announce the third
government alert since the Sept. 11 suicide hijackings, said the information does not
point to a specific target or type of attack, either in the United States or abroad.
"The convergence of information suggests, ladies and gentlemen of America,
you know, we're at war, be on alert," Ridge told reporters in the White House
briefing room.
"Now is not the time to back off," Ridge said, echoing a warning he issued the
nation's governors in a conference call yesterday.
The FBI put 18,000 law enforcement agencies "on the highest alert" because
of threats culled from intelligence sources across the globe, he said.
In the- last several days, intelligence and law enforcement officials report-
ed increased threats. A U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity,
said the threat comes from people with links to al-Qaida, the terrorist net-
work headed by Osama bin Laden and suspected in the Sept. 11 attacks that
killed almost 3,500.

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A family friend called him a sweet,
shy kid from California. But somehow
John Phillip Walker Lindh became a
Taliban fighter.
Just how that happened remained a
mystery of profound proportions Sun-
day to family and friends. Lindh was
among the Taliban prisoners who sur-
rendered over the weekend to Northern
Alliance forces.
The youth spent his formative years
attending high school near the family's
San Anselmo home, a leafy and wealthy

suburb in Marin County across the bay
from San Francisco.
He came to be Abdul Hamid after his
switch at 16 to Islam, a move made with
the grudging acceptance of his parents.
They supported the conversion out of
love and a belief that their son needed to
chart his own course, said Bill Jones, a
family friend.
"It isn't what they would have chosen
for him," Jones said. "They sort of
shrugged it off. It was an attitude of:
This is strange, but we'll support it.
They thought it was good he was into
spirituality and helping people."

Lindh moved to Pakistan to study
Islam about two years ago, Jones said.
But there was no indication that he had
joined the cause of the Taliban, let alone
had taken up arms.
Though he had kept in fairly regular
touch with his family, Lindh suddenly
dropped from sight earlier this year,
Jones said.
"This had been a terrifying time for
his family," Jones said. "They hadn't
heard from him in six months."
Neither his father, Frank Lindh, an
attorney, nor his mother, Marilyn Walk-
er, could be reached for comment.

OENGSWITER, Germnany
Factions agree on post-Taliban framework
Four Afghan factions agreed early today on a framework for a post-Taliban admin-
istration, making speedy progress after the United States pressured the northern
alliance to drop obstacles threatening to derail talks on Afghanistan's political future.
In a night of hectic diplomacy, White House official Zalmay Khalilzad tele-
phoned nQrthern alliance leader Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul, winning a
promise to release a long-delayed list of candidates for the interim administra-
tion, U.S. envoy James F. Dobbins said.
With the list finally on the table, delegations representing the northern alliance,
exiles loyal to former King Mohammad Zaher Shah and two smaller exile groups
quickly finalized the text of an agreement establishing a 29-member interim gov-
erning council, U.N. spokesman Ahmad Fawzi said.
He said they would haggle over who would sit on the council today. A Western
diplomat said that could take another 48 hours.
The northern alliance, which has captured Kabul and much of the country
from the Taliban with the backing of U.S. forces, has promised to transfer power
to the 29-member interim administration once it is formed.

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STAMFORD, Conn.
Anthrax discovered at
Stamford postal office
A 94-year-old woman who mysteri-
ously died of anthrax more than a
week ago likely was the victim of
cross-contaminated mail, state and
federal officials said yesterday.
Investigators said they have not
conclusively determined how Ottilie
Lundgren contracted anthrax. But
over the past three days, they have
found trace amounts of anthrax at a
postal distribution facility in Walling-
ford and in a piece of mail sent to a
house in nearby Seymour.
The findings support the theory
that Lundgren's mail picked up
spores of anthrax from contaminated
letters, officials said.
U.S. Health and Human Services
Secretary Tommy Thompson said
he believes experts have now found
enough evidence to label the Nov.
21 death of Lundgren as a case of
cross-contamination.
WASHINGTON
Age discrimination,
a civil rights issue
The Supreme Court agreed yester-
day to decide whether older people
may use a civil rights lawsuit to claim
that company layoffs targeted them
more heavily than younger workers.
The court said it will hear an appeal
from fired Florida utility workers who
claim that company layoffs fell dispro-
portionately on older workers.
The case involves a class-action

lawsuit filed by former Florida Power
employees who were 40 or older when
fired as part of company reorganiza-
tions in the early 1990s. The workers
claim they were fired because the com-
pany wanted to change its image and
reduce its costs for salaries and pen-
sions. More than 70 percent of the
laid-off workers were 40 or older, the
suit claimed.
The justices also refused to inter-
fere with a court-ordered housing
desegregation plan for Yonkers, N.Y.
WASHINGTON
New AIDS meds may
improve quality of life
An on-and-off medication cycle in
which AIDS patients take a powerful
drug combination for a week and then
stop for a week may be able to control
HIV, reduce side effects and cut costs in
half.
Researchers at the National Institute
of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
report that HIV infection did not grow
worse in a small group of patients put
on the alternating medication cycle.
"If further studies bear out what
we've seen so far, it will mean that you
can reduce the cost of therapy by 50
percent," said Mark Dybul, a clinical
researcher at NIAID, which is one of the
National Institutes of Health.
He said the study, which appears today
in the Proceedings of the National Acad-
emy of Sciences, suggests the approach
may lower the toxicities of the drugs
enough to give "a dramatic improvement
in a patient's quality of life."
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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